The Week Ahead: Aimee Mann, Robyn, The Mountain Goats, Mal Blum and more

The Mountain Goats | Photo by Jeremy Lange | courtesy of the artist
The Mountain Goats | Photo by Jeremy Lange | courtesy of the artist

Wait too long for the big gig and it might sell out — folks who didn’t already snag tickets to Carly Rae Jepsen or Prince Daddy and the Heyena know that feeling this week. But don’t worry: this is Philly, there’s always something going on. Here are 18 concerts to see in the next 7 days, all around the region.

Monday 7/15: Mystery Skulls at The Foundry

Dallas-born DJ, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Luis Dubuc has been making dancefloor bangers for the past eight years as Mystery Skulls. With roots in the punk scene, he turned to EDM in the spirit of Robyn and Robert Delong, and just released the band’s third album, Back to Life. They kick off the week with an all ages show at the Foundry Monday night.  // 7 p.m., $15, AA // TIX + INFO –  John Vettese

Monday 7/15: Nicole Dollanganger at PhilaMOCA

Canadian songwriter Nicole Dollanganger will be heading to PhilaMOCA tonight to deliver a haunting performance of songs from her last album, Heart Shaped Bed. The record features many eerie, macabre instrumentals coupled with Dollanganger’s ethereal and evocative vocal delivery. Her soft, high-pitched voice is something to be praised, as she sings entirely from the heart. Strong themes of gore, depression, and drug addiction present themselves throughout her music, so be warned. // 7 p.m., $15, AA // TIX + INFO – Ian Hranilovich

Tuesday 7/16: The Gotobeds at Boot and Saddle

The Gotobeds, a rock band from Pittsburgh, will be at Boot & Saddle this Tuesday, playing their assortment of rock ‘n’ roll, punked-up blues, and noisy indie. Signed to Sub-Pop records, the quartet has made a name for themselves through the label, releasing many albums such as Blood // Sugar // Secs // Traffic and their most recent, Debt Begins at 30. They love their guitars crunchy, drums heavy, and vocals hectic. // 7 p.m., $15, AA // TIX + INFO – I.H.

Tuesday 7/16: Aimee Mann at Colonial Theatre

Singer-songwriter Aimee Mann released her ninth album, Mental Illness, in March of 2017, and brings it to the Colonial Theatre in Collingswood Tuesday.  An XPN favorite, Mann has been performing solo since 1993 after leaving the band ‘Til Tuesday, and continually makes an impact from her debut album Whatever through her songs on the Magnolia soundtrack, her acclaimed albums Lost In Space and The Forgotten Arm, all the way up to her latest. Jonathan Coulton opens the show tonight. // 7:30 p.m., $39.50 – $65, AA // TIX+ INFO – Kweli Stevens

Tuesday 7/16: Okkervil River at World Cafe Live

The Austin-rooted indie group Okkervil River recently released their ninth studio, In The Rainbow Rain, and frontman / singer-songwriter Will Scheff brings his long-running project back to the World Cafe Live stage on Tuesday night. // 7:00 PM, $25, AA // TIX + INFO – K.S.

Wednesday 7/17: Robert Randolph and the Family Band at Sellersville Theater

New Jersey based sacred still guitar band Robert Randolph and the Family Band will be back in the area this week for a headlining show at the Sellersville Theater. Their sound combines funk, soul, and gospel, with band leader Randolph called one of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time by Rolling Stone. // 7:30 p.m., $39.50 – $55, AA  // TIX + INFO – K.S.

Wednesday 7/17: Robyn at The Mann Center

Swedish pop singer Robyn will headline the Mann Center on Wednesday on tour in support of her acclaimed 2018 album Honey. While it’s dressed in the electronic arrangements we’ve heard from Robyn in the past, Honey showcases the softer and more intimate version of the songwriter’s persona, as compared to her previous album Body Talk. Influential New York post punk band ESG opens. // 7 p.m., $39.50 – $99.50, AA // TIX + INFO – K.S.

Thursday 7/18: Dweller at The Grape Room

Philly psych-folk-meets-indie rock band Dweller plays The Grape Room in Manayunk this Thursday, opening for The Barker Brothers. The band started out as the side project of Cody Bluett and Luke Harsel, before growing into a four-piece band (which includes XPN videographer John Evin Groome on bass), and releasing a self-titled record last year. Coleman Rigg and The Savories also play. // 7:30 p.m., $5 at the door, 21+ // INFO – Sarah Hojsak

Thursday 7/18: Ne-Yo at Dell Music Center

Ne-Yo returns to Fairmount park for the second summer in a row, with a headlining show at the Dell Music Center this Thursday. The singer and producer released his seventh album, Good Man, last year. Singer-songwriter Tamia opens the show, also touring behind a recent album, Passion Like Fire. // 7 p.m., $35-$75, AA // TIX + INFO – S.H.

Friday 7/19: Queen of Jeans at Chameleon Club

The Menzingers’ summer tour makes a stop in Lancaster this Friday, and they’re bringing Philly’s own Queen of Jeans along to open up the show at the Chameleon Club. Queen of Jeans just announced that their new record If you’re not afraid, I’m not afraid will be released in August, and shared a new single, “Get Lost.” // 7 p.m., $22, AA // TIX + INFO – S.H.

Friday 7/19: Alright Junior at The Barbary

The Barbary hosts Bad Habits Fest, a two-day festival benefiting the CHOP Foundation, this Friday and Saturday. Among the local bands on the Friday night lineup you can find Philly’s Alright Junior headlining the show. The rockers debuted in 2014 with Amusia and made their way up the ranks of the local rock scene, releasing their Inhibition EP a few years back. New material is on the way, frontman Jace Miller tells us. // 7 p.m., $10-$15, 21+ // TIX + INFO – S.H.

Friday 7/19: Will Butler at Boot & Saddle

Who needs Arcade Fire when you can see Will Butler in as intimate a setting as Boot & Saddle? Well, Arcade Fire coming back to Philly would be wonderful, but for the time being, Butler will more than suffice. Despite not releasing any new music since 2015’s Policy, the multi-instrumentalist is back on the road again this summer. Instead of bringing along his brother and the rest of Arcade Fire, he’s tapped comedienne Jo Firestone and Joyero, one half of Wye Oak, to support him on this run. // 8 p.m., $16, 21+ // TIX + INFO – Solomon Friedman

Friday 7/19: The Mountain Goats at Union Transfer

The Mountain Goats have always created worlds for their listeners to dwell in. Their latest album, In League with Dragons, was inspired by John Darnielle’s love for Dungeons & Dragons. The album celebrates RPGs through its lyrics and mystical sounding instrumentation. The Mountain Goats’ upcoming show at Union Transfer could just be a ploy to get fans to play D&D with the band. If that’s the case, we’d argue it’s still worth attending. In all seriousness, D&D or no D&D, the band’s show is bound to be a lush and fascinating exploration of the intersection between dragons and rock. Indie boundary-breaker, Erin McKeown will open the show. // 8:30 p.m., $31, AA // TIX + INFO – S.F.

Saturday 7/20: Spelling Reform at Johnny Brenda’s

There’s nothing quite like seeing a band perform in their hometown. The energy is always so palpable and everyone, both on stage and in the crowd, beams with pride. Even better than seeing a band perform in their hometown, is seeing three. Saturday night, Philly power-pop rockers, Spelling Reform, join a bill with Goodnight Light and La Palma. Each band highlights a different aspect of Philly’s sonic world. The show is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate all the glorious kinds of music Philadelphians are churning out these days.  // 9 p.m., $10, 21+ // TIX + INFO – S.F.

Saturday 7/20: Marah at Ardmore Music Hall

If your summer has been lacking in energy, check out Marah this weekend. The Philly rockers have been lighting up stages for decades. Each one of their shows is bursting with vitality and liveliness. It’s the kind of jolt you need if the humidity has got you down, or if you just want to really rock out for a night. Their music is loud and their lyrics and powerful. Their performance will make you a lifelong fan, trust us.   // 8 p.m., $18-35, AA // TIX + INFO – S.F.

Saturday 7/20: The Dead Flowers at The Barbary

Night two of Bad Habits fest features a lot to be excited about: the rootsy rock of The Tisburys, the fast and loose fun of Andorra playing a covers set with Radio 104.5’s Jammin’ Jessie on vocals. But of everybody on the CHOP-benefiting bill, we’d like to direct you to New Jersey’s The Dead Flowers. They borrowed their name from a Rolling Stones song, and a quick listen to them will show why, from their contemplative countrified acoustic moments to the raw rock of their electric side.  // 7 p.m., $15, 21+ // TIX + INFO – J.V.

Sunday 7/21: Mal Blum at PhillyMOCA

Mal Blum just released their latest album, Pity Boy, on July 12. The album, like much of Blum’s work, straddles the lines between indie, punk, rock and pop. It is more upbeat and assertive than their previous work, but just as vivid and insightful. The album is also Blum’s first with a backing band which includes Barrett Lindgren, Ricardo Lagomasino, and Speedy Ortiz‘s Audrey Zee Whitesides. Blum and co. will be joined by Curtis Cooper and Lucky Cat for their show at PhillyMOCA on Sunday. // 8 p.m., $12-15, AA // TIX + INFO – S.F.

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